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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Goal-den boy thumbnailDallas strike edges NI closer to Russia

NORTHERN Ireland hero Stuart Dallas believes his match winning strike in their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan is the the most important goal he may ever score. 

The former Cookstown Youth and Dungannon United Youth winger netted for Michael O'Neill's side in the second minute of injury time to earn a 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan when it looked as if their depleted ranks would be fortunate to return west with a point.

Norway's draw with the Czech Republic made Dallas' first ever competitive international strike even more pivotal as the Green and White Army opened up a four-point gap in second place prior to September's double header with San Marino and the Czech Republic.

"I probably haven't had a better night in football," Dallas said.

"It will take a lot to beat that personally. Scoring for my country is something I have always dreamed about and it's something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

"It could be the biggest goal I ever score given what it means for the group but we can't worry about anyone else.

"I was going to take a touch and hit it with my left but I was tired," Dallas explained of his goal.

"It was a long 90 minutes. It ran across me and I've managed to drag it back into the bottom corner, maybe if I'd connected too well with it the defender could have blocked it."

"We had to dig deep, there's no getting around that," he admitted.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and if I'm being honest, we probably didn't deserve to win the game. When chances come along you have to take them."

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